Interior Design, Kitchen

Our Top Picks for a Kitchen Backsplash

Whether remodeling or building, we all know a kitchen is where it’s at. It is probably one of or could even be the most important room of the home. It’s even been proven that a kitchen can make or break the sale of a home.

So, it is very important as we are designing the finishes in a kitchen, to make them beautiful. But don’t forget about functionality, which is equally as important. A kitchen backsplash is one of the design finishes you will not want to leave out that adds both visual appeal and serves a purpose.

A backsplash will protect your walls and make it easier to keep clean. It will catch food and liquid that would normally end up on your walls. Obviously, a backsplash is needed if you plan on doing lots of cooking in your kitchen. Here are a few of our top picks when it comes to choosing a kitchen backsplash.

Solid Full Height

One of our absolute favorite backsplashes is one that is full height using the same material as the countertops. This creates a seamless natural flow. You can do this across the full width of the wall or just above the range. We chose to do the latter in our new kitchen.

If you go this route, I would suggest using something that is very aesthetically pleasing but not too busy visually. I like natural stone or quartz that has long sweeping veins. Keep in mind that a full height backsplash will be a focal point of your kitchen. So it needs to look amazing!

We chose quartz for our countertops and backsplash. As you know, we are obsessed with quartz because not only is it beautiful, but it is so extremely durable! We went with Statuario Maximus from Caesar Stone. It is a marble inspired design featuring long grey veins across its white base color.

This particular quartz made a beautiful accent piece behind our range. Using quartz for our backsplash continued the flow from our countertop up the wall. This also added a modern element to our kitchen.

Subway Tile

We love subway tile! If there is any tile that has a chance of being timeless, it is it. In our new kitchen, we wanted to mix things up a bit. So in the butler’s pantry, we decided to go with a 3×6″ subway tile with pearl gray grout. Combined with the dark lower cabinet and stained open shelving, this created a classic look.

But there are tons of subway tile options available. So you are not limited to the standard white. There are natural stone subway tiles like marble if you are wanting to create a traditional vibe. And there are handmade subway tiles, that can add a touch of rustic into your backsplash.

Shiplap

Using shiplap is also a great idea for a kitchen backsplash. It has somewhat of a cottage or farmhouse feel that is very cozy. Shiplap breaks up the space between the countertops and cabinetry. I do love the look of white shiplap in the kitchen, and you can run it the standard horizontal direction or go vertical.

If you are worried about using wood in the kitchen, another look-alike route would be to use James Hardie planks and add a gap between each. This will give you the same look as shiplap but is water and fire resistant because it is made of cement fiber.

Design: The Inspired Room

This is what Melissa Michaels of the Inspired Room did in her kitchen and it looks amazing!

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11 Comments

  • Reply Anita

    Such a beautiful house. Love all your ideas! The wood beams in the kitchen are beautiful.
    What type of wood are the beams and what stain did you use?

    April 7, 2020 at 3:15 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Thank you so much! They were made out of 1×8″ pieces of red oak.

      April 15, 2020 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Cheryl E Cusack

    yes what wood/stain did you use on the shelving? also what colour is the cabinets?
    are you going to share more of the house???

    thank you

    April 15, 2020 at 2:31 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      We used red oak and stained it with Olympic semi-transparnt stain Driftwood Gray.

      April 15, 2020 at 2:43 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      The cabinets are Farrow & Ball Railings.

      April 15, 2020 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Karla M Horanic

    I love the carpet runner. Where can I find one like this? I tried Hearth and Home however the color is not deep black and cream.

    April 19, 2020 at 4:23 am
  • Reply Jayna

    I was just looking at that range to put in my new kitchen! How do you like it so far? Beautiful job; it’s a really lovely room.

    May 27, 2020 at 2:51 pm
    • Reply Henry

      Thank you! We absolutely love our range.

      May 27, 2020 at 11:55 pm
  • Reply Brooke

    What white paint color did you use on your kitchen walls, range hood, and ceilings? It’s so clean and beautiful!

    August 1, 2020 at 4:48 am
  • Reply Amy

    Do you have a recommendation on an apron sink?

    September 12, 2020 at 1:31 am
  • Reply Nicole

    HI, I’m wondering if your plaster hood is easy to keep clean? I am interested in having one built for my future kitchen and was warned against it by my contractor… he believes it will be much too difficult to wipe clean. Thanks for any feedback-

    November 19, 2020 at 9:28 pm
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